Mercedes working to bring in business to new industrial park

MERCEDES — As construction on the “light” industrial park in Mercedes nears completion, Development Corporation of Mercedes Executive Director Melissa Ramirez along with local...

Local grandma wants to cover the world in salsa

Chamber president: “She gets so excited about her product and I love her enthusiasm. That’s one of the key things that people need to have to be successful."

RGV locations growing, pumpkin patches prove popular as autumn attractions

Attached to the only building here at Maddie’s Pumpkin Patch is an area to lounge with shade from the heat. This was the idea for little Matty, who was accompanied by his parents, Jessica Jones and Ozzy Garcia, in looking for a little fun at the pumpkin patch on Monday. Matty and Ozzy wore matching red and black plaid shirts while Jessica made sure her son stayed hydrated. And although it’s Jessica and Ozzy’s second year at Maddie’s, their young boy has the parents beat by already attending three times. “It’s usually really packed. It’s just that we came during the week so it could be (less people),” Ozzy said. Ozzy has the right idea about Maddie’s Pumpkin Patch. The attraction has become such a big hit for owner Rick Vega that he invested in two more locations throughout the Valley: one in Weslaco and the other in Mission. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Donna closer to southbound commercial traffic at international bridge

The path to commercial traffic eventually crossing at the Donna-Rio Bravo International Bridge cleared another hurdle in February.U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin...

Dressbarn to close all its 650 stores

NEW YORK — Dressbarn, the women's clothing chain that's been around for nearly 60 years, is closing all 650 of its stores. Dressbarn has several...

Local cities preparing for sharp sales tax declines

Rio Grande Valley municipalities have begun to assess how COVID-19 will impact city finances as the coronavirus pandemic continues to strangle the economy across the nation. While local leaders in Hidalgo County anticipate a steep decline in sales tax revenues, on the whole, they hope it will not be catastrophic. That assessment comes with a catch: the longer the crisis lasts, the harder Valley cities will be hit by its economic repercussions. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Pharr bridge expects some diverted Laredo traffic

PHARR — The Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge is one of several border crossings that are handling diverted truck traffic from Laredo’s bustling World Trade Bridge...

San Juan gets medical boost with new ER facility

SAN JUAN — Ribbon-cutting ceremonies were held Wednesday for Rio Grande Regional Hospital’s newest free-standing emergency care facility. It is the McAllen-based hospital’s third...

Massive Spectrum outage covers much of country

HARLINGEN — Spectrum internet, television and phone service continued to suffer major outages across the country Tuesday, including much of Texas. Locally, Spectrum’s television, internet...

McAllen enthusiast: Local blogger’s Nine to Five Guy posts promote city in unique way

McALLEN — Promoting the city and a healthy lifestyle seems to come naturally for local blogger Robert Lopez.The McAllen native is becoming known throughout...